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Rick Brockway

November 1, 2013

Don't let time tick away if you contract Lyme Disease

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Lyme Disease is serious and can affect your joints, muscles and nervous system. Treatment with antibiotics is necessary, so seek medical help as soon as possible. 

Those of us who hunt and fish have a good chance of being contacted by these ticks. They lurk on brush and grasses, waiting for us to brush by. Hikers, campers and even children playing in the yard are potential targets for these parasites. My granddaughter had a tick on her while playing on her lawn near Otego, but it wasn’t a deer tick.

Ticks are usually dormant as the weather turns cold, making them less of a threat but with mild winters, remain cautious.

Recently, I received an e-mail that there are also winter ticks. They usually live on large-hoofed animals. They’ve been found on deer and moose, but horses and cows make perfect hosts. I don’t think the winter tick is found in this area but beware. The e-mail had a picture of a moose with literally hundreds of ticks in its dense hair.

Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at robrockway@hotmail.com.

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